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We mentioned it briefly yesterday morning in the miniscule exhale between soccer, tennis and more soccer, but now everything is official: John Wall, former guard at the University of Kentucky, will be a Washington Wizard. The Wiz used their first pick in the 2010 draft to secure the elite prospect, who now rounds out the Mount Rushmore of #1 picks in the city with Strasburg, Ovechkin and Harper.
Wall wasn’t the only one to join the squad: Chicago sent former Kansas standout Kirk Hinrich to DC, as well. The Bulls were trying to clear some cap room (for Mr. Wade and Mr. James, perhaps?), and sent Hinrich and his contract to the District for a future pick. The last couple of years have been a little rough in the District for sports, but with Wall and Hinrich, there’s a very good chance that the Wizards could make it back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Could 2011 see all five (yes, I’m including United because we’re a soccer country now) D.C. teams in postseason play?
It’ll have to be 2011 for D.C. United, I think, their bottom-of-the-barrel first stretch of the MLS season makes me think playoffs this fall are highly unlikely.
So how quickly do the dump Arenas? I can’t imagine that he’ll be playing here this November.